VCU International Partnership Universities

VCU Global Education Office

University of São Paulo University of São Paulo

São Paulo, Brazil

University of São PauloNicholas Farrell, Ph.D.
Director, VCU-USP Partnership

Virginia Commonwealth University’s International Partnership with the University of São Paulo began in September 2006 when the two universities signed a Memorandum of Understanding. In November 2006, Nicholas Farell, Ph.D., chair of VCU’s Department of Chemistry, was named director of the VCU-USP Partnership. Delegations of faculty and administrators have visited each other’s campuses and are in the process of organizing faculty and student exchange programs, as well as joint research initiatives, within the partnership.

University facts

Location: Main campus in São Paulo, Brazil, one campus in Bauru, one in Piraciaba, one in Pirassununga, one in Lorena, one in Ribeirão Predo, and two in São Carlos
Founded: 1934
Public/Private: Public
Number of students: 86,000
Number of undergraduate and graduate degrees: 234 undergraduate, 230 graduate
Hospital, museum, theatres, etc. attached to the university: Four hospitals and health care centers, four museums – Paulista Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Archeology and Ethnology, Museum of Zoology

Partnership track record

Departments/programs interacting at each university: College of Humanities and Sciences (Chemistry, English, School of World Studies, Pharmacy, School of Business)
Type of activity: Faculty/student exchange, conferences/symposiums, Education Abroad programs, visiting instruction

Areas of promise

Departments/programs interacting at each university: School of Medicine, School of World Studies (Religious Studies, Linguistics), Engineering
Type of activity: Conferences/seminar, student/faculty exchanges, joint research collaboration, visiting instruction, Education Abroad programs